Published on Monday Nov 28 Dec 2011, 6:00 AM Last Update: 9 months ago by rainbow Tags: Tourism Tanzania top destination Tanzania has been named as one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit in 2011 by an Australia based international travel advisory firm, Lonely Planet. A report issued by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and made available to The Guardian on Friday mentioned Albania, Brazil, Cape Verde, Panama, Bulgaria, Vanuatu, Italy, Syria and Japan as among the other top nine countries. It said that Tanzania still has a surprise to offer for tourists who are eager to visit the East African country. Tanzania is a place of great wonders – with national parks such as Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, the Spice Islands of Zanzibar and the famous Ngorongoro crater. Besides,, the country also has big herd of elephants, tree-climbing lions, chimpanzee sanctuaries in Gombe and Mahale and packs of wild dogs in Selous Game Reserve. The country has the whole panoply of east Africa's wildlife – including such rarities as the red colobus monkey, black rhino, hawksbill, leatherback turtles and Pemba flying foxes – concentrated in an unrivalled collection of parks and reserves. The report says Bulgaria has always had its moments – in its biggest cities, on its snow-capped peaks and great-value ski fields, on its golden-sand beaches and in ancient Black Sea port towns. With history's contribution, Bulgaria has got lots of spectacular scenes amid its more famous neighbours. "Its ski slopes are de facto destinations for Europeans looking for cheaper alternatives, empty patches of lovely Black Sea beaches and it's quietly flourishing brilliant wine industry," it said. On Vanuatu, it said the island is hard to beat in its authentic experiences. "From mighty mountains and thunderous waterfalls to remote villages, from huge lagoons to tropical islets, there's so much on offer, far from the crowds," the reports said. "Don't expect ritzy resorts and Cancun-style nightlife; with a good choice of family-run guesthouses in traditional villages and a smattering of comfortable, romantic hideaways, it's tailor-made for eco-tourists. It added: "With 83 islands, you're spoilt for choice. Vanuatu has recently seen an increased number of direct flights from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and the Solomon Islands – go now, before the secrets out." On Italy, it said that the country "is a beguiling, beautiful, charismatic mess. The press might be largely owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, stories of corruption, bribery and sex scandals might be everyday news, and the economy might be in the doldrums, but this is still one of the world's most magnificent places to be." "Apart from that there are 44 Unesco World Heritage Sites here and more than in any other country," the report said. Japan has an ill-deserved reputation as an expensive destination where the English language is in short supply, the report said. "But USD100 cuts of Kobe beef and the occasional lost in translation moment aside, Japan is surprisingly affordable and user-friendly," the report said. Highlighting Albania the report said not so long ago, the Balkans were considered an 'only for the brave' travel destination. But only the bravest of the brave trickled into Albania. "Since backpackers started coming to elusive Albania in the 1990s, tales have been told in 'keep it to yourself' whispers of azure beaches, comfortingly good cuisine, heritage sites, nightlife, affordable adventures and the possibility of old-style unplanned journeys complete with open-armed locals for whom travellers are still a novelty," it said. On Brazil the report said the country's fame for samba, football and cinematic scenery, the latin American leading economy has always been known for celebration (Carnival being the most obvious manifestation of this national joie de vivre). "Yet, Brazil rings in 2011 with even more cause for jubilation. Winning the bids to host both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it is undertaking a flurry of new projects, with billions of dollars earmarked for infrastructure (there's even discussion of building a high-speed rail line between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo)," the report said. The report said that Cape Verdeans might have known about the wider world forever, but it seems that the wider world is only just opening its eyes to the Atlantic Ocean Islands. "On the surface this is hardly a surprise; the country appears to be nothing but a blink-and-you'll-miss-it dot of dust floating off the coast of Africa, but the islands have recently started catching sideways-glances from European winter-sun tourists," it said. "This growing international interest is bringing enormous changes to an archipelago that looks and feels as if it were born from a Caribbean mother and an African father," it further said. On Syria after five years of cold-shoulder treatment relations have thawed and the country is officially off the naughty step, it said. It added: "here's a definite upwardly-mobile attitude taking over the streets, thanks in part to the state-controlled economy slowly being overhauled and the noose of the 'Axis of Evil' tag no longer hanging around the nation's neck." "Savvy tourists can lord it up like a pasha, staying in lovingly restored Ottoman palaces and sipping cappuccino after shopping it up in the ‘souq'. But with all this modernisation it's good to see some things are still the same. Out east the Bedouin still herd their scraggly sheep and welcome strangers into goat-hair tents for tea," it concluded. Ngorongoro normally claim more than 50 percent of the total number of tourists who visit Tanzania annually. Its flagship crater has been attracting over 400,000 visitors every year. The number of tourists visiting the country currently averages at 780,000. The Tanzania Tourist Board is now working to market the Loliondo ‘miracle cure' abroad, feeling the new hybrid of cultural and medical tourism sensation could be yet another chance of luring foreigners into the country.